Hay fever: how to control symptoms

The recent warm weather means runny noses and teary eyes. Credit: PA

With the recent warm weather most people are spending more time outdoors.

This means those with hay fever will be suffering runny noses and teary eyes.

What causes hay fever?

According to the NHS, hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat.

Pollen is a fine powder from plants.

What are the symptoms?

  • sneezing and coughing

  • a runny or blocked nose

  • itchy, red or watery eyes

  • itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

  • loss of smell

  • pain around your temples and forehead

  • headache

  • earache

  • feeling tired

How can you reduce the symptoms?

There is no 'cure' for hay fever but the following can ease symptoms:

  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen

  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes

  • shower and change your clothes after you've been outside to wash pollen off

  • stay indoors whenever possible

  • keep windows and doors shut as much as possible

  • vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth

Where can I find more information?